dec­o­rat­ing up­dates

Have fun with th­ese sim­ple but cre­ative ideas that’ll ring the changes with­out turn­ing into a full room redo

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Have a go at th­ese sim­ple re­vamps and tweaks

1 Gar­den party Dec­o­rate your out­door space for sum­mer gath­er­ings. Hang pa­per pom pom dec­o­ra­tions from the trees and dress up the ta­ble and chairs with a bright table­cloth and match­ing seat pads. Fill glass jam jars and china jugs with vi­brant cut blooms and dec­o­rate with ribbon.

2 Pa­per runner

Craft a su­per-easy ta­ble runner us­ing pretty pa­per doilies (see left). Gather up doilies in an as­sort­ment of pat­terns and sizes, lay­ing them out on the floor and over­lap­ping the cir­cles here and there. Stick to­gether with dabs of glue.

3 PRETTY idea

Make a bunt­ing cake top­per with coloured washi tape. Take a length of bak­ers’ twine and fold tabs of tape along it, cut­ting them into tri­an­gu­lar flags. Hang across two pa­per straws, ty­ing in place. In­sert into your cake.

4 Mag­i­cal lights

Cre­ate DIY fire­fly lanterns us­ing Ma­son jars and a cou­ple of sets of small, in­ex­pen­sive bat­tery-op­er­ated fairy lights. Place a set of lights in each jar and tape the bat­tery-pack to the in­side of the jar lid where it won’t be seen.

5 Drinks sta­tion

Set up a self-ser­vice drinks sta­tion if you’re en­ter­tain­ing out­doors, so guests can help them­selves and no-one gets stuck tend­ing the bar. Serve non-al­co­holic mo­ji­tos by mak­ing fresh lemon­ade and adding sparkling water, fresh mint and slices of le­mon.

6 Work in har­mony

Up­date your work space by ditch­ing dull colours for a more up­lift­ing colour scheme. Green is said to bring bal­ance and calm, and boost cre­ativ­ity, so en­er­gise your space with leafy green ac­cents on soft fur­nish­ings and prints, as well as a house plant or two.

7 To­tally trop­i­cal

Re­vamp plain win­dows or dis­guise a not-so-bril­liant view with frosted win­dow film. It’s easy to ap­ply your­self, just buy it cut to size and ap­ply a sheet to each pane of glass. Choose from plain or all-over pat­terns, or try a fun mo­tif such as this pineap­ple de­sign.

8 Gar­den or­gan­iser

Sew a wall tidy for the gar­den shed with a sec­tion for each month so you can store seeds in or­der. Use a panel of flo­ral fab­ric for your back­ing, fix­ing two strips of hes­sian across it then sewing chan­nels to cre­ate the pock­ets.

9 Pretty up with pom poms

Trim a lamp­shade by adding your own pom poms in a con­trast colour. Us­ing a hot glue gun to secure, add trim top and bot­tom. Hang shades from coloured flex and clus­ter in twos or threes to cre­ate an eye­catch­ing fo­cal point.


Trans­form a shabby wooden chair with a chalky paint treat­ment, then use it be­side the bed in place of a ta­ble. Try Frenchic’s Lazy range of chalk paints, which need no prep or wax fin­ish – just give fur­ni­ture one coat and buff gen­tly once dry.

11 No sew cush­ions

Make cush­ion cov­ers from colour­ful silk scarves. Lay a scarf flat and iron. Pop a cush­ion pad in the cen­tre, bring in two op­po­site cor­ners and fold un­der. Bring in the re­main­ing two cor­ners and knot in a bow to secure.


Make mag­netic tea towels that stick to the fridge or cooker. Fold over one cor­ner of a tea towel, pop­ping a small mag­net in­side. Stitch down the cor­ner to secure in place.

13 Pin­board wizard

Utilise wasted space on the in­side of a kitchen cabi­net by cov­er­ing the back of a door with a thin sheet of cork – it’ll give you some­where to pin notes, recipes and shop­ping lists and keep work­sur­faces clut­ter free.

14 Shelf life

Ditch fit­ted wall cab­i­nets and go for a more re­laxed look with wall-to-wall wooden shelves. White­wash shelves and the wall be­hind to give a plain back­drop then colour in the space with bright kitchen­ware, storage can­is­ters, cof­fee pots and a ket­tle in co-or­di­nat­ing shades of blue, grey, pink and mus­tard yel­low.

15 Think pink

No head­board? No prob­lem. Turn the wall be­hind the bed into a fo­cal point by paint­ing in bold coral pink. Dress up the bed with pat­terned bed linen, pil­lows and throws in shades of coral and grey and add a can­vas on the wall above the bed in a co-or­di­nat­ing colour theme.

16 Clut­ter buster

Stick a strip of mag­netic tape – £6.50, Hob­by­craft – to the in­side of your bath­room cabi­net door and use it to hold all those lit­tle metal items that usu­ally get lost, such as tweez­ers, nail clip­pers and hair pins. Use sim­ple of­fice clip­boards (£2.99 each, Ry­man) to hang pa­per prints or chil­dren’s art­work. Po­si­tion pic­ture pins on the wall, in a sin­gle row or a grid for­ma­tion, and clip up a group of favourite pic­tures, which can eas­ily be swapped around.

18 Gar­den re­vamp

Give cheap plas­tic planters a re­al­is­tic-look­ing cast iron, bronze or lime­stone fin­ish us­ing an easy treat­ment – Rust-oleum’s Nat­u­ral Ef­fects spray paint, £9.49 per 400ml, Home­base.


Swap drab of­fice fur­ni­ture for a fun al­ter­na­tive. Go for a mix-and-match work­top and tres­tle op­tion in un­fin­ished wood that you can paint your­self (try Fin­nvard tres­tles, £25 each, Ikea). Team bold turquoise with sunny yel­low walls.

20 Compact dining nook

Squeeze a breakfast bar into a small kitchen by opt­ing for slim­line base units and work­tops that take up min­i­mum floor space – go for units 300mm deep, rather than the stan­dard 600mm. Pick glossy white tiles and mint green walls to keep the look light and airy.

21 Coastal view

Cre­ate a calm­ing, sea­side feel in your bath­room by paint­ing the walls in shades of sky and ocean blue. Start with the paler top colour first then, once dry, use mask­ing tape to cre­ate a clean edge for your base colour. Add fit­tings, towels and toi­letries in white.

coral pouffe, £39.99; tribal rug, £29.99; mir­rors, £5.99 each; bed linen, from a se­lec­tion, all Home­sense

Units painted in Stone Blue es­tate eggshell, £24 for 750ml, Far­row & Ball

Lazy Range paint in Eye Candy, £19.95 per 750ml, Frenchic

try ash­down Rose cot­ton duck, £20 per m, Cath Kid­ston

Pom pom trim as­sort­ment, £2 per 1.83m, Hob­by­craft

an­gels Fern emer­ald roller blind, from £26.95, Blinds 2 go

pineap­ple FB021 win­dow film, from £30, the Win­dow Film com­pany

gar­den party lemon­ade drinks dis­penser, £29.95, dot­comgift­shop

tarno out­door chairs, £10 each, Ikea. For sim­i­lar pa­per pom poms, try Hob­by­craft, £7.50 for five

Walls painted in english Yel­low Wall paint, £39.95 for 2.5ltr; desk painted in provence chalk paint, £18.95 for 1ltr, both An­nie Sloan

top, Misty Mir­ror; bot­tom, Marine Splash, both Bath­room+ paint, £25.72 for 2.5ltr, Du­lux

White large brick and As­tra­gal tiles, £84.95 per sq m, Orig­i­nal Style

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